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What do we want for our schools? Come to an Oregon Rising meeting

Posted on: May 20, 2016

GAPS is joining school districts around the state to learn what Oregonians want for their children and their schools. This effort, Oregon Rising, is an opportunity to dream big and imagine what education could be.

It is also a chance for the GAPS District and School Board to ask what our community wants for its schools – the educational programs and school facilities.

Please join us at the last Oregon Rising community forum this month:

May 25, South Albany High School, 6 p.m.

West Albany Rhythmix compete in a capella finals in New York

Posted on: May 20, 2016

West Albany High School Rhythmix traveled to New York in April. The group took top honors in January at the Northwest Semifinal International Championship of High School A Capella (ICHSA) competition, beating out high school groups from Oregon and California.

At the finals in New York, they did not place but, according to Director Cate Caffarella, the experience was memorable and enjoyable.

“We sang at the 9/11 memorial, saw Tuck Everlasting on Broadway, visited Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, rode the subway, went to central park, saw the Statue of Liberty and much more,” she said.

“One of the judges did place us in third place, which was exciting as well.”

“I want to say thank you to the entire community for their support and also a big thanks to the parents of my students and my administration,” said Caffarella. “The amount of help I’ve received in getting these kids to the city and giving them a great experience has been overwhelming.”


WAHS Rhythmix at the 9/11 Memorial

Here is some information about Rhythmix from Director Cate Caffarella:

How many groups were they up against?
10 other groups from California and Oregon

Is this a new group for WAHS?
This group was originally called “Jazzation,” but as the interest in contemporary a cappella has grown, the name was changed to Rhythmix.

The group does all different genres of music but is best know for it’s contemporary a cappella.

Where do you perform?
This group performs all over the mid-valley. We love to show the community what students are learning and doing in the classroom.
ICHSA was a way to challenge ourselves to improve and gives the students an opportunity to interact with other students who have similar interests. One of the highlights of the festival is not just competing but singing with other groups.

Which songs do they sing? 
Our set is Roots by imagine Dragons and Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant, Darkside by Kelli Clarkson, and This is Gospel by Panic! at the Disco.

What are the competition scores based on?
Our scores are based on musicianship skills (i.e., blend, balance, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, tone quality, dynamics, diction, etc.) and visual performance (i.e., Choreography, Use of stage, Energy, etc.).